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Top Tips to Surviving Your Freshman Year of High School

July 5, 2017
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Here are some tips to help you survive your freshman year of high school.

Go from surviving to thriving freshman year with these helpful tips.

While high school can be overwhelming at times, it is also the start of an exciting new chapter in your life. Summer is a great time to start planning ahead to make your high school experience as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.

Freshman year, you don’t have to worry about admissions tests, look at colleges, or apply for financial aid. Thus, it’s the perfect time to start taking the first steps on the path that will take you to your dream school.

Here’s a list of what you can do this summer to help you prepare for your freshman year of high school…and, ultimately, college.

Get yourself a daily planner

High school is a busy time between classes, friends, extracurricular activities, studying, family, college prep, and the rest. A daily planner will help keep everything in your life in order. Every assignment due date, test, deadline, or appointment will all be in one place.

Challenge yourself in school

Select classes that will stretch your knowledge and skills…and impress colleges down the road. Don’t just stick to easy, boring classes to keep your GPA up. Your lack of enthusiasm will backfire both in the classroom and beyond. This is also a great time to map out the classes you’ll take over the next few years.

Get the best grades you can

Remember your freshman year grades do count. They will affect your GPA and will be viewed by colleges. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you’ll have plenty of time to bring your grades up later. Every year will affect your overall chances of getting into the college of your dreams.

Form relationships with teachers

Make an effort outside class to connect with your teachers, whether it’s school related or not. Not only will they be able to help you throughout your high school career, you’ll feel much more comfortable asking them to write the recommendations for your college applications.

Find extracurricular activities

These can be activities organized by your school or activities that you do outside of school. While this is a great time to figure out what your skills and interests are, also be willing to try activities that are new to you whether it’s volunteering, a new sport, or a club.

Learn about the PSAT and SAT

Even though you don’t have to worry about prepping for the PSAT or SAT at this point, you can get a head start by learning more about the tests. Keep in mind, many students underestimate the PSAT, which you will be taking Sophomore year. In addition to helping you score higher on the SAT, this test can actually help you win scholarship money for college!

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